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Bruce E. Wilson 1923-2016

November 3, 2016
Emmetsburg News

A Mass of the Christian Burial for Bruce Wilson of Emmetsburg is 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mallard. Burial is in St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Emmetsburg.

The family will greet friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mallard. There will be a Vigil Service at 6 p.m. The Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg is in charge of arrangements.

Bruce Eldon Wilson was brought into this world on July 7, 1923, by his parents, Smyzer and Nora (Husselbaugh) Wilson. He was born and raised in Kingsley, along with his many siblings on the family farm.

After schooling, Bruce joined the Marines, serving from 1945-1946. Although never deployed overseas, he told stories of his fight in the infamous Battle of Hastings. He returned safely to marry his bride, Maxine Schumacher, on July 19, 1947, in Mallard. To this union, four children were born. Bruce farmed in Mallard for many years, then worked for the United States Postal Service. At the post office window, he would always greet his customers with a smile and was known for a jaw dig with a piece Juicy Fruit for his grandchildren.

Bruce had a love for humor. He was known for his practical jokes with friends and family alike. He loved family gatherings where his stories were told over and over. There wasn't a day that went by that you wouldn't hear Bruce singing, "Church in the Wildwood". He wound his numerous clocks daily and he made sure his squirrels were fed. His homemade popcorn and hand-cranked ice cream was a tradition that his grandchildren looked forward to. But, his reason for living was Granny, as he fondly named her. They did everything together; from traveling to playing cards, attending daily Mass to baking bread. In July, they celebrated 69 years of marriage and on Oct. 30, 2016, with Maxine by his side, Bruce left this world to fly over the clouds, reuniting with their son, Greg.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Maxine; two daughters, Vicki (Jim) Hill and Cindy (Tom) Chapman, and a son, Brad; grandchildren: Laura (Doug), Jeff, James (Mindy), Sara, Molly (Jason), Adam (Jamie), Melissa, Jacob, Sadie (Lennon), and Anna; great grandchildren: Rebecca (John), Seth, Sydney, Wade, Ava, Ella, Izak, Sam, and Truman; great, great grandchildren: Grayson, Owen, and Penelope; his sister, Mary Lou Jordan, now the last of the 12 Wilson siblings.

Bruce was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Gregory Allen; and his siblings, Ralph, Roland, Paul, Helen, Irvin, Robert, Lola, Harry, Joe and Lindy.

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